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For anyone who has wondered how it’s possible to get so much stuff from web companies free or at too-good-to-be-true prices—whether Google searching, Facebook socializing, Uber riding or Amazon shopping—Jean Tirole, the new Nobel…
New tools not only make farmers' calculations more accurate and their lives less labor-intensive, but also portend of better dissemination of data about agriculture’s impact literally downstream.
How much should a robot be allowed to hurt its coworkers?
Superfast Internet connections will transform communication and interaction, according to experts polled by the Pew Research Center and Elon University.
New meticulously focused lasers are close to enabling a durable transparent material such as glass to serve as a long-term data storage solution.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has contributed $23.5 million toward an online resource to help test open source programs and improve software analysis tools.
s though someone had pulled a plug in the oceans and drained them away, a sea-floor map has exposed thousands of never-before-seen underwater mountains and ridges.
Two years ago, when the Detroit Crime Commission began collecting and analyzing the social media posts of suspected criminals, it found Excel wasn’t up to the task.
In 2012, physicists in the Netherlands announced a discovery in particle physics that started chatter about a Nobel Prize.
Locked Shields is among the world's preeminent cyber attack simulations.
The continuing cyberattacks on U.S. corporate networks is spurring talk among some executives and government officials of going on the offensive, or "hacking back," against those that try to infiltrate their systems.
Hispanics, Asians, and blacks are not receiving equal pay for equal work in the high-tech industry, according to a recent American Institute for Economic Research report.
ETH Zurich researchers have developed an app that enables users to use hand gestures to operate their smartphones.
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and Code.org are collaborating to launch a sweeping expansion of computer science coursework, according to officials.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, speaking at a technology conference in London, said harnessing the full potential of the Internet and Web technology in the future will require the codification of network neutrality into law.
This year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry recognizes a milestone in a long tradition, dating back to Galileo, of innovations in scientific instruments that have transformed how we look at nature.
One small "hot spot" in the U.S. Southwest is responsible for producing the largest concentration of the greenhouse gas methane seen over the United States—more than triple a standard ground-based estimate—according to a new…
One of the characteristics of our increasingly information-driven lives is the huge amounts of data being generated about everything from sporting activities and Twitter comments to genetic patterns and disease predictions.
The European Union is funding a project that is using plant models to design a robotic solution.
When Vint Cerf, often called the "father of the Internet," is speaking, it's wise to listen.
Powered prosthetic hands and arms have advanced little in the last 50 years.
A man who died in 315 BC in southern Africa is the closest relative yet known to humanity’s common female ancestor—mitochondrial Eve.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers have developed the Graph Engine for Multithreaded Systems program, a multilayer software system for semantic graph databases.
Technical University of Denmark professor Lars Ramkilde Knudsen says he has developed a method for encrypting telephone conversations that makes it very difficult to eavesdrop.
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon and Stanford universities are promoting massive online laboratories as a way to combat the rising level of errors and fraud in life sciences research.
In the future, intelligent machines will increasingly replace knowledge workers, according to a group of artificial intelligence experts.
Astronomers have found a pulsating, dead star beaming with the energy of about 10 million suns. This is the brightest pulsar—a dense stellar remnant left over from a supernova explosion—ever recorded.
The writers and editors at the Weather Channel's weather.com don’t often talk about the weather.
Mike Lamont grabs the last croissant from a table and eats it as he walks through the control centre at CERN, the European laboratory for particle physics just outside Geneva, Switzerland.
As he was hurtling into orbit, Cosmonaut Gherman Titov had the distinct feeling that his body was cartwheeling through the air.